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Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens

BH #SO5012GM • MFR #SEL50F12GM
Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Lens
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.2 to f/16
  • Three XA Elements
  • Nano AR II and Fluorine Coatings
Combining speed, versatility, and quality, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM is a normal-length prime that flexes a bright f/1.2 design and advanced optics while remaining portable and lightweight for everyday shooting. As a G Master lens, resolution and bokeh are top priorities, and this 50mm f/1.2 goes on to also include a sophisticated focusing system to suit both stills and video needs and a reliable physical design that's intuitive to use and durable enough for working in harsh environments.
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Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Impressive Speed and Sharpness
  • 3
  • 4G Master Resolution and Bokeh
  • 5Exceptional Speed and Versatility
  • 6
  • 7Fast and Precise AF
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10Compact and Durable Design

Impressive Speed and Sharpness

Combining speed, versatility, and quality, the Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM is a normal-length prime that flexes a bright f/1.2 design and advanced optics while remaining portable and lightweight for everyday shooting. As a G Master lens, resolution and bokeh are top priorities, and this 50mm f/1.2 goes on to also include a sophisticated focusing system to suit both stills and video needs and a reliable physical design that's intuitive to use and durable enough for working in harsh environments.

G Master Resolution and Bokeh

G Master lenses prioritize sharpness and bokeh quality by featuring advanced optical designs and specialized elements.
  • Three XA (extreme aspherical) elements effectively control astigmatism, field curvature, coma, distortion, and other spherical aberrations for a high degree of sharpness and accurate rendering.
  • Nano AR Coating II has been applied to reduce surface reflections, flare, and ghosting for increased contrast and color rendering in strong lighting conditions. This updated coating is better suited for larger, curved elements and is especially adept at minimizing internal reflections.
  • Floating focus mechanism helps to ensure optimum and consistent sharpness throughout the focusing range.

Exceptional Speed and Versatility

  • Normal 50mm focal length suits a variety of subjects and shooting applications, ranging from portraiture and street shooting to landscapes, lifestyle, and architectural subjects.
  • Truly impressive f/1.2 maximum aperture yields extremely shallow depth of field results for separating subjects from busy backgrounds using selective focus.
  • Beyond depth of field control, the f/1.2 design also benefits shooting handheld and working with faster shutter speeds in low-light conditions.
  • Rounded 11-blade diaphragm helps produce a smooth and circular bokeh quality.

Fast and Precise AF

Four XD Linear Motors provide quick, quiet, and precise autofocus and subject tracking performance. This design also contributes to more natural, intuitive Linear Response manual focus control and an AF/MF switch is located on the lens barrel for tactile control over this setting.
  • XD (extreme dynamic) linear motors deliver high thrust to efficiently move larger, heavier elements and focus groups, such as those needed to produce an f/1.2 lens. This focusing system also achieves accurate focus when working with extremely shallow depth fo field effects.
  • Internal focusing design offers more responsive focusing performance and maintains a consistent overall lens length during operation.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 1.3' suits making dynamic close-up images.
  • A close minimum focusing distance, maximum magnification of 0.17x, and bright f/1.2 aperture help create shallow depth of field imagery with a strong close-up subject and a soft background.

Compact and Durable Design

  • Despite the wide f/1.2 maximum aperture, complex optical design, and inclusion of a high-performance AF system, this lens manages to still be relatively compact and lightweight for everyday handheld use, measuring 3.4 x 4.4" and weighing 1.7 lb.
  • Two focus hold buttons are featured on the lens barrel for intuitive tactile control and rapid access to select settings.
  • Physical aperture ring can be de-clicked for smooth, silent aperture switching to benefit video applications.
  • Dust- and moisture-sealed design better permits working in inclement conditions and rubberized control rings benefit handling in colder temperatures.
  • Fluorine-coated front element resists dust, moisture, and fingerprints and is easy to clean.

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.2
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View47°
Minimum Focus Distance1.3' / 40 cm
Maximum Magnification0.17x
Optical Design14 Elements in 10 Groups
Diaphragm Blades11, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.4 x 4.3" / 87 x 108 mm
Weight1.7 lb / 778 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.835 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 5.6 x 5.1"

Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM Reviews

Better than I expected

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

Until I got this lens, my two favorites were the 135GM and 35 GM, this lens is in a different category by itself, and if I had to pick just one lens from my gear, would be this one, the color rendering is great., you already heard about the AF , and it is true. I was not expecting to see a lot of bokeh difference between the 35 and 135 and this lens, but. there is, the bokeh is just magical, at 1.2, the corners are not as sharp as the center . but, by 1.6 they are the same. I think this lens will become my best buddy, if you are in the fence to buy this lens, and can afford it, you would not regret paying the 2K !!....Cheers

Almost perfect

By Tyrone
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

This has quickly become my favorite lens, taking that spot from my 135 GM f/1.8. It's as sharp and as fast and has a buttery smooth bokeh. The weight is a bit hefty but not so hefty as to make it unpleasant to carry. My only complaint is of the heavy vignette. Although it is easily corrected in Lightroom, it comes back pretty strong when I stylize my photos in post production. The upper left corner seems stronger than the others.

High dynamic range is amazing

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-08

This is my go-to lens for wedding, portrait, landscape, etc. I am impressed by quality of this lens and with HDR, (better than 85 and 35 g master lens) you can pull out almost all overexposure areas in lightroom. There is something inside this glass that cannot be explained , you just need to test it and will feel it for sure. Awaiting a new version of 85g master lens.

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-05

My go to lens. Quick focus and clear photos. WOW.

Amazing for portraits, low-light, and silky faded background

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

I love shooting shallow depth of field, and also having smooth bokeh and non-existent background. This is an amazing lens, and pretty small for what it does! Worth every penny.

Can't stop using this lens!

By Danny
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-04

Paired it with my Sony a1 and it's just super fast! The autofocus is QUICK and the creamy background is beautiful. It's my favorite prime lens

My Dream Lens

By Ngia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-28

This is the best lens I ever owned in my life!

Super Sharp

By Yi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

The lense is much sharper compared to 55 1.8 ZA at F1.8. Portrait shooting is fantastic at F1.2

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